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Buffalo Public School parents and families received a robocall message altering them of an incident that occurred Friday morning.  A female student was followed this morning on the city's west side at Niagara and Virginia.

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The toll taken by the Emerald Ash Borer is expensive. Sen. Tim Kennedy says he has heard from many people who have paid $500 for removing one dead tree that has been infested by the invasive species.

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National Welcoming Week kicks off Friday around the United States to welcome immigrants and refugees into communities. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown and city Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash appeared together Friday morning at the school district's Central Registration office. It is where they recognized the work of new Cultural Resource specialists.


The Buffalo Bills have fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The team announced the move in an email released on Friday, a day after Buffalo fell to 0-2 following a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets.

The New York Jets gained nearly 500 yards in offense in dominating the Buffalo Bills defense in a 37-31 win Thursday night. The effort provided a stark contrast from last Sunday when they held the Baltimore Ravens to just 13 points. "It's been one of the strangest, most disconnected first two games of any season," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


A woman and her young son were discovered dead inside their Cheektowaga home Thursday evening. The man who had a relationship with the mother is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

A state assemblymember is pushing back against a string of major development plans in the Elmwood Village, arguing it is damaging a livable and walkable community.

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Curtain Up! events hail the official start of the theater season, and many  business leaders view the celebration as a reminder that the theater industry has contributed to the region's resurgence.

SUNY ends 'felony' checkbox on student applications

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Leaders of New York's public university system say they have struck the right balance between college access and student safety with their decision to stop asking applicants about their criminal history.

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One of Buffalo's prominent members of the theater community will be honor Friday night at the 2016 Curtain Up! Actress and director Mary Kate O'Connell will receive a Star in the Theatre District's Plaza of Stars.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with O'Connell to talk about her theater group, O'Connell & Company and her work with area youth.

Mary Kate O’Connell, a vivid presence in the Buffalo theater scene with a magnetic stage presence and a luscious soprano voice, has long been known as Western New York’s First Lady of Musical Theater. The guiding force behind O’Connell & Company, Mary Kate, accompanied by Rosy, her ever-present little dog, will be honored this Friday evening, September 16, with a star in the "Plaza of the Stars."

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After years of effort, hundreds of meetings and thousands of residents involved, Buffalo's proposed Green Code is back before the Council for final action.

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Members of the Criminal Justice department at Buffalo State College say it's a balancing act, protecting public freedom and safety while allowing police the right to protect themselves. During a forum hosted at the college Thursday, speakers discussed perceptions of police militarization and how they vary depending on time and place.

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A class action lawsuit has been filed in Buffalo against Governor Cuomo and the acting commissioner of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. The litigation seeks to end what is considered a "moratorium" on more residential housing for thousands of adults.

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It's the end of an era at the Chautauqua Institution. Following a two-year legal fight, the 123-year-old Amphitheater has been demolished.

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The debate continues over a proposed gender-identity policy for the Buffalo Public School District.  Once again Wednesday night about 30-speakers lined at the school board meeting to speak both for and against the gender-identity policy.  Much of the debate last night centered on the treatment of transgender city school students.

Assemblymember Steve Hawley

More than 1,000 veterans have participated in Assemblymember Steve Hawley's annual Patriot Trips. On Thursday morning, two busloads rolled down the Thruway on their way to Washington, D.C.


His busy life as a star performer didn't allow B.B. King to spend extended time with his daughter, Claudette King. Still, he offered sage advice. "Don't let that dream pass by. Go for it," she recalls of her father's encouragement. For Claudette King, that dream has taken her on a musical journey and a stop this weekend at the Niagara Falls Blues Festival.

A wild atmosphere is expected tonight as the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets at New Era Field. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills can send their fans home happy tonight provided quarterback Tyrod Taylor improves upon his performance from Sunday's season-opening loss at Baltimore.

Young people in Cattaraugus County are going to have to wait a few more years before they can light up. The Southern Tier county has become one of a growing number in New York State to increase the legal purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

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The Ken-Ton School District has issued a warning to parents and students about a suspicious person. Town of Tonawanda Police informed the district of two incidents. 

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Critics are assailing Judge Donna Siwek's decision that apparently will allow for the construction of a 23-story apartment complex along the Outer Harbor.

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State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is a veteran of presidential politics, having worked for three administrations. Ronald Reagan was the last Republican to carry the state, but Cox believes Trump "has the big 'mo,' big momentum," behind him and Hillary Clinton is "fading."

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Buffalo public schools are proposing to spend $56 million over the next three years for major upgrades of the district's computer system and providing a computer for every student.

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President Obama's initiative called Computer Science for All is making progress.  A White House summit was held Wednesday.  The effort is to make sure ALL American students from kindergarten through high school learn computer science.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, SUNY Buffalo State was cited in the President's 'fact sheet'.

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Will coverage of Buffalo Bills games be focused on the exploits of players on the field, or on drunken fans in the parking lots outside the stadium this season? Tonight's home-opener against the New York Jets is an opportunity to find out.

Judge rules Queen City Landing project can proceed on Outer Harbor

Sep 14, 2016
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State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek ruled late Wednesday afternoon that plans to construct a 23-story apartment building on Buffalo's Outer Harbor may proceed.

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The ribbon was cut Wednesday on a new 25-bed drug addiction recovery and treatment center in Niagara County that will serve not only to help patients beat drug addiction but also provide education and other programs to help those people return to the public as productive individuals.

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The interviewing tables were turned on Susan Arbetter Tuesday night, and she said the change made it "uncomfortable." The award-winning host of public radio's "The Capitol Pressroom" was interviewed by Investigative Post Executive Director Jim Heaney before an audience at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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This school year marks the 125th anniversary of Nichols School in Buffalo.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us while the coed, private, prep school is embracing its past, the campus is working to become more diverse and innovative in attracting future students.